Fifteen queens entered the workroom of RuPaul’s Drag Race this season to compete for the crown. But which one will walk away victorious? Each week, Billboard will rank each of the remaining queens based on their performances on the show to determine who has the best shot at the crown. Follow Billboard Pride on Twitter and Facebook for updated leaderboards each week.
Last week, RuPaul’s Drag Race challenged the queens to get physical as the contestants competed in the first ever “Draglympics.” A’Keria C. Davenport earned her gold medal with her All-Star dancing and leadership skills, while Scarlet Envy and Ra’Jah O’Hara didn’t make the cut. After a stunning lip sync, Scarlet was sent home, with Ra’Jah earning another week on the show.
On Thursday, the queens will be serving up organic realness when they turn all-natural ingredients into runway-ready fashion looks.
9. Ra’Jah O’Hara (last week: 7)
Let’s be clear; Ra’Jah O’Hara is an extremely talented and fierce queen, and the decision to send home Scarlet Envy was RuPaul’s, not hers. But the fact that there was as much drama over the last elimination as there was only shows the precarious position Ra’Jah finds herself in. As the only queen who has lip-synced 3 times thus far, –and who did poorly in the dance challenge — she has a long uphill battle if she wants to have a shot at sticking around.
8. Nina West (last week: 4)
Nina West was praised for “standing out” in the challenge last week, and she deserves it — she sold every moment she was on camera. But her dancing in the challenge was only so-so, and her runway look deserved a Viking funeral. Nina certainly didn’t do a “bad” job last week, but at this point in the competition, doing “fine” might as well be the same thing.
7. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (last week: 5)
It’s sad to see Miss Vanjie starting to slip in the competition. Her performance in the challenge was really fun, but as with weeks past, her runway look failed to impress any of the judges, with Michelle in particular reading her for having yet another bathing suit with glitter. We have no interest in seeing Vanjie walk backwards out of the competition any time soon, so let’s hope she gets the message and steps her looks up from here on out.
6. Silky Nutmeg Ganache (last week: 8)
There is no denying that Silky’s runway look was less-than-stellar, so the queen was lucky that she didn’t have to face the judges’ critiques last week. But it’s easy to see why — Silky’s performance in the challenge, while it may have lacked some of the technical precision of her teammates, was extremely entertaining. If Silky can start to perform on the runway like she does in these challenges, she will surely find herself in the top.
5. Plastique Tiara (last week: 3)
At this point in the race, Plastique has become somewhat of a question mark. Her performance in the challenge was good, but forgettable. Her runway was good, but a little bit much. We have seen what this stellar queen is capable of, so it’s time that she start displaying that as often as possible.
4. Shuga Cain (last week: 10)
After a close call in her lip sync against Ariel Versace, Shuga Cain pulled out all of the stops to make sure she wasn’t in a similar situation last week. She delivered — her performance in the Olympics challenge was clean, and her runway look was one of her best yet. Shuga set a new bar for herself; here’s hoping she can continue to clear it.
3. Brooke Lynn Hytes (last week: 1)
Brooke Lynn Hytes knows exactly how well she’s doing in the competition, and it shows. The queen gave a solid performance in the challenge, along with serving old Hollywood glamour on the runway. With yet another strong performance, Brooke Lynn is almost a shoo-in for the finale at this point.
2. Yvie Oddly (last week: 2)
Even when she is physically injured, Yvie Oddly puts in the work! While other queens have had injuries on the show and suffered some dire consequences (hey Eureka), we likely wouldn’t have even noticed Yvie was struggling had she not said anything. If this is how the Denver queen performs with a busted ankle, then it only proves further why she is the one to beat this season.
1. A’Keria C. Davenport (last week: 6)
Finally! A’Keria C. Davenport has been performing at a high level for the whole competition, and yet has not won a challenge until now. But her win last week was well-deserved; from slaying as a leader and performer in the Draglympics, to knocking her runway look out of the park, it is about time that this Davenport earned her rightful place amongst the top tier of her fellow queens.